As The 2017 Nightmare Winds Down, More Questions Arise

Just when you thought we could let the hysteria surrounding Marc Carig’s article about the outgoing Terry Collins die out and drink ourselves to Sunday afternoon to finally be done with this nightmarish season, here comes Joel Sherman with a new report that the Mets could be looking to cut as much as $20M from payroll going into next season.

This should come as zero surprise to anybody who’s been paying attention all year. For the past few years, even. Why anybody is acting shocked now just shows that a lot of you have your heads planted firmly up your ass in Fantasyland where the Mets still have money and the pitchers never age or break.

While Sherman apparently thinks that the Mets should be in the market to sign anybody who has ever worn a Royals uniform – including Dan Quisenberry and Willie Mays Aikens – to expect any kind of splashy, big money move goes beyond just the Mets being broke, but it doesn’t make a lot of baseball sense either. Continue reading

2017 IBWAA Awards Ballot!

As we stand on the precipice of the end of another baseball season, we finally get the part where we argue about awards!

This is the second year that I’ve had a ballot in the IBWAA (Internet Baseball Writers Association of America) year-end awards selection and, as I said last year, it’s something I take pretty seriously because I completely understand how serious fans take it.

Trust me, I got hammered last year on Twitter with people who vehemently disagreed with my ballot and while I felt I was able to justify selections, it did serve as a reminder to ensure that no fuckery occurs.

This was a helluva season, wasn’t it? Big injuries, bigger homers, fun streaks and disappointing, wastes of seasons (coughMetscough). All that action is setting up for a very fun October with a number of intriguing postseason matchups, but before we get there, we have to give out some awards. Final tallies will be revealed after this weekend, but – in the meantime – I can tell you where my votes went. So here we go: fuckery not included. Continue reading

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Episode 54: Sequels

Who likes good news? Everyone? Well, good news, everyone! A brand new episode is upon you and we’re talking about all of the things! New Oreo flavors! Funko Pop figures! The sports! And our favorite sequels! It’s action packed! You may own an entire seat, but you’ll only need the edge of it!

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Mets At The Deadline, Grading The Deals, Team Finally Finds Amed’s Phone Number

The 2017 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone and it doesn’t seem like anybody’s much too happy with what the Mets did…or didn’t do for that matter. After shipping Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays last week, the Mets made a curious trade with the Miami Marlins on Friday night to acquire AJ Ramos and then brought things down to today’s 4PM Eastern deadline with only the expected trade of closer, Addison Reed to the Red Sox.

In a perfect world, the Mets, toiling through what has been a lost season, would have been able to deal a bunch of their players who are pending free agents for players and prospects that would strengthen a retooling of the roster to prepare for 2018, but the combination of injuries, disappointing seasons and a soft market for offense found the Mets at prom night without a dance partner. Continue reading

Letting Murphy Leave Was The Correct Move…At The Time

When it’s time to make a decision, you have to do so in the moment. You certainly aren’t afforded the luxury of hindsight to see how things play out in the future before you choose your path.

Which is exactly why – in the moment – the Mets made the right decision to let now-perennial MVP candidate, Daniel Murphy leave as a free agent following their 2015 World Series run. Continue reading

Ronnie’s Fired Up, Terry Gonna Terry, Let’s Go To The Tebow Show, Remembering Anthony Young

The Mets were back to their losing ways in Miami last night dropping a 6-3 game to the Marlins. I don’t like doing game recaps because you can get that shit anywhere. So I’ll just go over shit that stuck out to me from another chapter in the book of awfulness that the 2017 season has become. Continue reading

If It’s Another Rebuild, Mets Have To Sell High on deGrom

Last week, after getting absolutely crushed in a four game series against the Dodgers, Buster Olney tweeted that the Mets would be entering the seller’s market and were open for business. OK, that makes sense. The team has been decimated by injuries all season and things don’t look to be taking much of a turn anytime soon. If you can get back a few pieces for some players on the last year of their contracts, then go out and get what you can.

Then came a report out of nowhere that I don’t think anybody had expected to hear: the Astros had called asking about the availability of Jacob deGrom. Continue reading